MHA issues SOP of J&K UT for Regulated Movement of stranded migrant workers, students, others

Jammu: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday issued SOPs of Jammu and Kashmir for the movement of stranded migrant workers, students and others.
As per SOP, it applies to the movement of stranded persons to and from the UT of Jammu and Kashmir in pursuance of the MHA’s Order No,40-3/2020-DM-l(A) dated 29.04.2020, issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has nominated Mr Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary, Home, GoJK, as the Nodal Officer of J&K for movement of stranded persons.
He will coordinate with Nodal officers of other states for movement of stranded persons.
All inward and outward movements will be undertaken only with the prior permission of the Nodal Officer of J&K or those designated by him. Any person(s) arriving at borders without permission of the Nodal Officer of J&K will be put under Administrative Quarantine for 21 days at Lakhanpur, as explained later, it said.
No one from Red zone/district/hot spot will be allowed to enter without the prior permission of the J&K Nodal Officer of J&K or as part of an organized movement by the Nodal Officer of J&K.
The Nodal Officer of J&K shall publicize contact details and set up suitable mechanism for stranded persons to contact/register their details.
On Movement, the SPO said that the movement of stranded persons shall be regulated by the Nodal Officer of J&K in a staggered manner in coordination with Nodal Officers of other states/UTs. Priority shall be given to the stranded migrant workers and students.
Those J&K-bound stranded persons who move with the prior permission of the Nodal officer of J&K or are moved by the Nodal officer in coordination with the host state, shall be referred to as persons in “Regulated Movement” and those who move without such permission shall be referred to as persons in “Non-regulated Movement”, said the SOP adding that the Nodal Officer (L) shall categorize the Regulated Movement into those from Red Zones/Districts and Non-Red zones/Districts.
The list of Red Zones/Districts for this purpose is also enclosed.
Those coming from Red zones/Districts will be medically screened and put under Administrative Quarantine for 21 days.
Necessary facilities will be extended by Deputy Commissioners in these quarantine centers. The quarantine locations where specific arriving groups will be sent will be decided by the Nodal Officer (L) in consultation with Divisional/Deputy Commissioners.
Those coming from Non-Red zones/Districts will also be medically screened and put under strict Home Quarantine for 21 days.
The concerned DCs will follow the protocol of pasting stickers outside their homes and the SPs will keep the Police Beats activated in such areas.
Any person or persons who arrive from outside J&K without the permission of the Nodal Officer of J&K shall be considered to be a person in Non-Regulated movement, it said adding that all such persons in Non-Regulated Movement shall necessarily be put under Administrative quarantine for 21 days at Lakhanpur (or elsewhere) as determined by the Nodal Officer (L).
Meanwhile on testing, the SOP said that all incoming persons, either through Regulated movement or otherwise, will be 100 percent tested for COVID-19 virus. Health Department will make necessary arrangements for lifting samples at Lakhanpur and various districts to meet the requirements, and to do Pool Testing of these samples.
Based on the results of these tests, a decision on shifting persons from Administrative Quarantine to Home Quarantine will be taken by the DCs/Div Corns in consultation with CMOs/DHSs, concerned.
However, Commissioner/Secretary, Labour Department, GoJK, will coordinate the outward movement of migrant workers held up in J&K to their home states/UTs, under supervision of the Nodal officer
The SOP issued for passes shall continue to remain valid for inter District, Province, State movement on account of medical emergencies, death of relatives etc. Deputy Commissioners shall be responsible for transit, receiving, quarantining and testing of arriving stranded persons.
Deputy Commissioners shall enhance their quarantine facilities at local level by utilizing school Buildings, Panchayat Ghar, Hostels, Youth Kendras, Community Halls, etc., to be used at a future date as arrivals increase.
The Divisional Commissioners (Jammu/Kashmir) shall maintain an online database of all arrivals into J&K, said the SOP.
The SOP said that all conditions, guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, on safety/health precautions/social distancing, masks will be followed during transit.